Another aide to Matt Gaetz quits

Under-fire US politician Matt Gaetz reportedly sought a preemptive pardon from Trump

Under-fire US politician Matt Gaetz reportedly sought a preemptive pardon from Trump

At a court hearing in Orlando, Greenberg's attorneys and prosecutors said they expected a plea deal to resolve charges including sex trafficking of a child, aggravated identity theft and wire fraud, according to local media.

The New York Times first reported that Murphy had left Gaetz's office. Gaetz lost his communications director, Luke Ball, last week.

Former President Donald Trump broke his silence on Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday, offering a brief defense of the embattled congressman mired in a sex trafficking scandal.

Gaetz has starred in previous Mad Dog billboards in Florida.

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Capitol in a failed bid to reverse his election defeat by stopping lawmakers from tallying electoral-college votes. Twitter suspended the account on January 8, two days after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S.

"The committee is aware of public allegations that Representative Matt Gaetz may have engaged in sexual misconduct and/or illicit drug use, shared inappropriate images or videos on the House floor, misused state identification records, converted campaign funds to personal use, and/or accepted a bribe, improper gratuity, or impermissible gift, in violation of House Rules, laws, or other standards of conduct", said Chairman Rep. Ted Deutsch, D-Fla., and ranking Republican Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana. The Daily Beast reports that Gaetz allegedly sent $900 to friend and accused sex trafficker Joel Greenberg in May 2018 via Venmo, and Greenberg then sent the same amount to three young women via the app, including at least one teenager. The reports say he used the site Seeking Arrangement, a service that markets itself as a way for wealthy clients to find attractive individuals they want to pamper.

Matt Gaetz who is now facing sex trafficking charges, is considering taking a plea deal - which Greenberg's attorney hinted could involve Greenberg cooperating with the federal government's investigation into allegations involving Gaetz.

Scheller also refused to answer when asked if Greenberg had any incriminating evidence against Gaetz. Multiple sources have told Florida Politics the third individual is former Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations Secretary Halsey Beshears, who resigned in January.

According to the Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun to question witnesses about whether the women on the trip were having sex with the men in exchange for free travel. The online tabloid reported prosecutors are intending to indict Gaetz. Greenberg has been indicted on 33 counts, including one charging him with carrying out the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17.

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